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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,346Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 117

$849K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 117

430 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
60% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Illinois
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 430 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 430 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 14,873 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Illinois
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 642 616 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 636 619 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 531 519 3 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 498 488 4 9
SIMVASTATIN 458 448 5 1
LISINOPRIL 445 441 6 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 429 406 7 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 420 414 8 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 401 399 9 5
NAMENDA 374 374 10 14
LIDODERM 310 308 11 46
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 304 302 S3 12 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 293 271 13 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 282 272 14 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 263 254 15 15
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 240 238 16 42
LANTUS 217 216 17 43
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 196 180 18 26
TRAMADOL HCL 195 193 19 18
KLOR-CON M20 186 181 20 34
METFORMIN HCL 178 176 21 11
CARVEDILOL 178 176 21 24
MIRTAZAPINE 175 175 23 25
GABAPENTIN 161 161 24 16
SERTRALINE HCL 154 152 25 22
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 153 152 26 36
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 150 149 27 21
NOVOLOG 148 143 28 90
LEVETIRACETAM 142 118 29 71
RISPERIDONE 136 136 30 39
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 132 131 31 12
FAMOTIDINE 119 116 32 38
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 116 115 33 33
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 111 101 34 130
DIGOXIN 110 106 35 35
ATENOLOL 108 108 36 20
DIOVAN 102 102 37 31
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 101 100 38 82
KLOR-CON M10 98 98 39 89
ALLOPURINOL 96 96 40 48
SPIRONOLACTONE 91 90 41 53
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 91 91 41 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 89 86 43 27
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 86 86 44 75
FENTANYL 86 86 S2 44 41
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86 86 44 13
LEXAPRO 84 84 47 117
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 84 82 47 23
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 83 83 49 77
CLOPIDOGREL 83 83 49 30
TAMSULOSIN HCL 82 78 51 28
AMIODARONE HCL 77 77 52 122
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 74 71 53 32
HYDRALAZINE HCL 71 71 54 54
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 70 61 55 79
PLAVIX 70 70 55 47
PAROXETINE HCL 69 59 57 63
NYSTATIN 68 68 58 98
GLIPIZIDE 65 63 59 37
CYMBALTA 65 65 59 59
NYSTOP 64 64 61 107
SEROQUEL 60 60 62 124
CLONIDINE HCL 57 52 63 73
NOVOLIN 70-30 56 36 64 140
TRAZODONE HCL 56 56 64 44
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 53 53 66 205
AZITHROMYCIN 52 47 67 57
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on Feb. 14, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.